LIFE | Last minute prep for a big life change


Today is the first day of March, and tomorrow is my first day of makeup school. I went to my orientation day last week and it sounds like the course is going to be really, really fun. I’m essentially leaving my job to do this, and based on what I heard at orientation, I won’t regret it, but I am kind of nervous and still don’t really know what to expect.

I’ve been trying to get Hyacinth Girl ready, as I don’t want the blog to lapse while I focus on school. I will be reducing my posting schedule ever so slightly – I think I’ll switch from posting every three days to twice a week.

The other thing I got from orientation is how intense the course will be, in all sorts of ways. I’m a little nervous, so I’m taking some time out now (Sunday evening) to get ready: washing my hair, removing all the unwanted body hair I’m usually super lazy with, painting my nails.

There is a dress code, for starters, and it’s stricter than the dress code I’m used to at work. We’ve also got to always have clean hair, because we will be working on each other (the course covers hair and makeup). If you’re a regular HG reader, you’ll know I’m a bit lazy with my hair, and I’m a big fan of using dry shampoo and whacking my hair into a bun in order to pretend it doesn’t exist. That will have to change.

I decided to do a bit of hair rejuvenation, starting with the Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo*. I’ve had a mini tube of the Hask Argan Oil Treatment for ages (a little goes a long way), but I didn’t realise the brand did shampoo and conditioner as well. This shampoo is pretty decent. The measure of a good shampoo for me is one that only takes one round to clean my hair. It sounds disgusting, but you know when you rub shampoo into your hair and it just kind of… disappears? And doesn’t foam up or pick up any oil? Maybe I just have hideously greasy roots. Anyway, this shampoo doesn’t do that. It’s good at cleaning hair. I like it.

Then I shoved handfuls of the Hask Argan Oil Repairing Conditioner* into the ends of my hair. It smells like sugar cookies, and the smell lingers for ages, so I guess heads up if you don’t like delicious smells. I used to be really fussy with my shampoo and conditioner but I have to admit, now that I’ve got back to my natural, un-dyed hair, I don’t really care what I use as long as I can use heaps of it. I feel like that’s what makes the biggest difference – using massive handfuls of conditioner and leaving it a good long time to soak in – so affordable conditioner is appealing to me. The Hask range is about $12 from Farmers, which isn’t too bad considering I’ve switched from Bumble & Bumble.


Obviously, I washed my body in the shower. That doesn’t usually warrant mentioning. It’s not as if the “no body odour” rule in the course freaked me out. I have my personal hygiene under control. But what’s better than a long, hot, scrubby shower, to relax when you’re a little bit nervous? A long, hot, scrubby shower with a really nice shower gel. I’ve been using the Hailwood x Trilogy Botanical Body Wash*, which smells good, cleans good, and has dope af packaging. It served my just as well as the Lipidol Body Oil when it comes to shaving, which I have also been loving lately.

Still to come tonight, I have to paint my nails (we’re not allowed chipped nail polish, and of course I have chipped nail polish). Saying I have to paint my nails makes it sound like it’s a miserable thing, but I’ll set myself up with the finale of Project Runway All Stars to watch while I do it. I think I’ll turn to my old favourite and go for an Essie Lady Like and Maybelline Knitted Gold combo.

At this point I feel like I am rambling and I need to go cook some dinner, so I will do that… but please wish me luck!

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  • jamie-lee

    Wow Morgan, that’s incredible that you’re going back to school – good on you. How long is the course?

    I went back to university (while working full time – takes a LOT of commitment) to get postgraduate qualifications starting in 2013, and the whole experience was incredibly worthwhile, and I found that I was much more invested in actually succeeding and doing well in my studies.

    Sounds like you’re going to be pretty glam all the time – I ALWAYS have chipped nails. So hard not to…

    • Thanks Jamie! It’s only 17 weeks long but it seems like it will be super intense over that time.

      It’s Tuesday and my nails are chipped already…

      Oh PS there is a girl in my class that looks heaps like you!

  • Jan

    Good luck, Morgan – you will be so fine but I understand why you’re nervous. Can’t wait to be able to have you practice on me, especially hair! xxx

  • You’ve got this girl. You’ll be top of the class I’m sure ♥♥♥

  • Sophie ♥

    Good luck Morgan! I bet you’re going to do amazingly x

  • Imogen

    Good luck Morgan! Exciting times ahead 🙂

  • Cesy

    Good luck! This is an amazing opportunity, can’t wait to hear more about it!

  • Good luck! It’s sounds amazing, you’ll do great 😀 xx

  • Congrats and good luck! Where are you studying?

    • Thanks Lexie! I’m at Weltec 🙂

  • Steph Hicks

    Good luck hun I’m sure you will do amazingly and you already have heaps of prior knowledge!

  • Arrabella Bolter

    Legit the best hair degreaser is I Love Juicy from Lush. It has pineapple, kiwi and papaya so it smells amazing. Good luck with your course! You’ll meet my casual acquaintance Gen who’s just starting the same course.

    • Ooh, I might pop in to Lush and see if I can get a sample. And Gen is in my class!

  • Nina

    Good luck Morgan!! This sounds amaze!

  • Manon

    I’ve been reading your blog for ages but have never commented, bad reader, so sorry. I’m breaking the habit to wish you the best of luck with your course!

    • Thank you so much Manon! Love your name btw, I used to know a beautiful French girl called Manon x